27.12.2011 - 03.01.2012 29 °C
The trip from Koh Samui was a couple of hours by boat which was one of the shortest trips to our next destination so far. Our hotel offered free transfers to the hotel so we arranged for them to pick us up from the pier. The journey from the pier to the hotel was about 20mins and we was really happy with our new poolside home for the next 7 days. The beach was less than 100 yards from our front door and it was really nice. At one corner of the beach we found a restaurant with the most amazing views of the beach (you did have to climb about 70 steps to get it though) but it was always worth it when you got to the top.
We rented out a motorbike to go and explore the island which was really good fun again and cost 200THB for the day. We set out from the hotel and headed north to Koh Ma where there was a beach which was not the cleanest but the water was about as clear as it gets and you could walk out to an island in the sea which was cool. There were people snorkeling everywhere and you could see why with the clear sea. We then carried on north to Ao Chalukhum which was alot cleaner and the water was equally as clear and it was a pretty cool beach too with not many people about. We then decided to head back to Thongsala pier as we needed to sort our transport back to Bangkok and judging by the fact that over 20.000 people had arrived to the island for the New Years Eve full moon party we couldn't leave it until last minute. On the Journey back to the pier we came across a very good attempt to create an old English pub which they called the Mason Arms. We couldn't resist stopping for some light lunch, I had fresh doorstop chicken, mayo, salad sandwich and Gem had doorstop BLT (we both really enjoyed it and would recommend it). We then jumped back on the bike to the pier to sort our transfer back to Bangkok. I decided that we would only take the government buses as the other bus trips have been such a mess each time and brought what we thought was 2no VIP seats on the government bus back to Bangkok for 1010 THB each. Just to confirm what VIP means here, firstly you get a seat that reclines and a seat number, secondly your bus should have air-con and lastly they give you warm milk and water to help with the journey.
New years eve started with a gala night at the hotel which was a mix of food and gin (with a litttle bit of redbull or coke). We had a random selection of nationalities staying at the hotel ranging from from Swiss to Turkish to Swedish to Welsh, luckily for us they all spoke English so the gala was good fun. We left for Haad Rin beach at around 10 ish on the back of a pick up truck, the journey was like being on an old rollercoaster ride up one huge hill, down another. We finally hit Haad Rin beach and it was completely bonkers with fluorescenct colours, paint & buckets of what ever spirits you fancy everywhere (it was like heaven). Gem went to the lady's room so I decided to have some fluorescent artwork drawn on my face and arm, when Gem came back she kindly told me it looked crap and she could have done better. It was a wicked night followered by a wicked hang over the next day where we didnt make it out the room other than to grab a non alcoholic drink and some comfort food.
The last 3 days in Phangan brought rain, rain and more rain along with powercuts.
If we could sum up our visit to Koh Phangan in 5 or so words/statements.
1) Rain, sun, rain, sun
3) The best onion rings ever (with a chilli sauce)
4) really cool atmosphere
5) would 100% go back